By Steve Peterson
Jim Wooster, who spent 45 years at the Sioux Falls, S.D., stockyards as a cattle buyer for Spencer Foods and later reported markets on radio and television for 13 years, was the featured speaker at Hawarden Regional Healthcare (HRH) Foundation’s banquet.
Wooster now works part-time in public relations for Avera Health and South Dakota State University and continues to write a bi-weekly column for the Tri-State Neighbor.
Wooster spoke on the importance of supporting local communities to the banquet audience at Hawarden Community Center.
“Things will get better. There is always someone looking out for you and you can trust in a higher power,” said Wooster, who has been honored as a distinguished alumnus from South Dakota State University in 1988, Agribusiness Person of the Year from Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2001.
HRH Foundation President Mike Wiggins presented a $1,000 scholarship to Payton Finch of Hawarden, who will be studying pharmacy at South Dakota State University this fall.
West Sioux Vocal Jazz Choir, under the direction of Jim Gullickson, performed. Central Catering staffed the dinner and Hulshof Farms donated the steaks.
Hospital CEO Jayson Pullman spoke of the transformation both inside and outside from Hawarden Community Hospital to the new name, a new standard of excellence expected of staff and the going-forward expansion project.
A bid for a loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development won support from the Hawarden councilors on March 13.
“We’re solidifying our role in providing quality healthcare for the people of Hawarden, Ireton, Hudson and Akron areas,” said Pullman.